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The surname Matthewson is a patronymic name derived from the well known first name Matthew. This name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew personal name "Mattathaigh," meaning "gift of Jehovah;" it was Latinized as Matthaeus and Mathaeus. It was introduced to England by the Normans, and quickly became quite a popular name.

Matthewson Early Origins



The surname Matthewson was first found in the Domesday Book in 1086, listed as Mathiu and Matheus. They family came to England following the invasion of William the Conquerer in 1066.

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Matthewson Spelling Variations


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Matthewson Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Matthew, Matthews, Matthewson, Matheson, Mathew, Mathews and many more.

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Matthewson Early History


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Matthewson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Matthewson research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1260, 1273, 1273, 1395, 1546, 1628, 1577, 1655, 1790, 1856, 1863, 1941, 1824, 1889, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Matthewson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Matthewson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Matthewson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Tobias Matthew (1546-1628), Archbishop of York, statesman and writer; Sir Tobie Matthew (1577-1655), English MP, courtier, diplomat and writer; Father Theobald Mathew (1790-1856), who campaigned in Ireland...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Matthewson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Matthewson In Ireland


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Matthewson In Ireland



Some of the Matthewson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Matthewson or a variant listed above were:

Matthewson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Donald Matthewson, who arrived in New York in 1842
  • E C Matthewson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • R Matthewson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849

Matthewson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Matthewson, aged 18, a fisherman, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Matthewson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Matthewson (post 1700)



  • Dale Wesley Matthewson (1923-1984), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played in the 19423 season for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Reuben C. Matthewson, American politician, Postmaster at Boonville, Indiana, 1841-45
  • Joseph Oscar Matthewson (1871-1926), American politician, Mayor of Ashland, Kentucky, 1906-10
  • George Matthewson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1860
  • Darius Matthewson, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Pomfret, 1820-21, 1824, 1826, 1828
  • Bucklin Matthewson, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lisbon, 1832-33
  • Reg Matthewson (b. 1939), former English professional footballer
  • Trevor Matthewson (b. 1963), English former professional footballer
  • Robert "Bob" Matthewson (1930-2000), English footballer and FIFA referee
  • Gillian Matthewson, New Zealand architect
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    11. ...

    The Matthewson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Matthewson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 1 December 2015 at 13:34.

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